Van Dijk: Chelsea Can Do Without Hazard

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Eden Hazard was the star of the Chelsea team for many years until his departure to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window.

The biggest question that’s been posed to new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is whether he can achieve success with Chelsea without former star player Eden Hazard.

Hazard has carried Chelsea on his back for so long, and the Belgian single-handedly won a lot of games for the club.

However, Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk has revealed that Chelsea can do without the Belgian, and that the Blues have enough quality in their side to replace the departed star.

“[Hazard] is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they have plenty of quality players,” Van Dijk said ahead of Liverpool’s Super Cup clash with Chelsea.

“I think they play a little bit different than they did last year.

“We will analyse them and then we will be prepared.

“Nothing that happened last season will have any impact on what is going to happen. It is going to be a new game.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard however believes that it’ll be difficult to replace a player like Hazard.

“You cannot replace him individually, I think it’s pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career.

“But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that’s clear.”

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